25th Nov2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Nov 23rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and with the power of TalkTech, I can tell you that MLW sucks this week. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Also…clshsdjhkjdjjsdjkdj…that was the sound of my toilet flushing. This TalkTech stuff might pose more of a problem than I thought! Why won’t the TalkTech let me erase anything?!


Match #1: Zeda Zhang defeated The Spider Lady (DQ)

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Zeda Zhang makes her way to the ring as she’s set to face the mysterious Spider Lady. Zeda wants to start the match off right with a handshake but the Spider Lady kicks the hand away and the women are off to the races. Zeda displays great determination she’s wearing a knee brace and it doesn’t take long for The Spider Lady to set her sights on it and then locks on a mandible claw onto Zeda. Zhang was in the ropes, but The Spider Lady will not relinquish the claw and the ref has to call for the bell. As she admires her work, The Spider Lady rips her mask off and it’s Priscilla Kelly! Kelly readminsters the Mandible Claw as she kicks the official below the belt and saunters off, satisfied with the destruction she unleashed.

My Opinion: 1.8 out of 5 – This was a bad debut for the MLW Women’s division. The match just fell over on its self, like I do trying to get this TalkTech to not listen to…My ass! It’s not that these gals were doing a bad job, but the match they were booked to wrestle just never got past the starting line. Oh well. Better luck next time.

Match #2: Alex Hammerstone defeated Douglas James – Major League Wrestling National Open-Weight Championship Match

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MLW Title action is about to be underway as the National Openweight Championship is to be defended by Alex Hammerstone against challenger Douglas James. James comes out solo, but the Openweight Champ has Richard Holliday at his side who sits down by Bocchini and Kirsch for a little commentary chat. Hammer starts off on shakey ground as Douglas James keeps him at unease with quickness, kicks and athleticism and flourishes off with one crisp ace cutter. Two count. Hammer however soon finds his footing (and power) by launching Douglas with a capture suplex. Hammer takes James into the corner and stomps him down. Alex is hot with rage as he lifts James up in a long-standing double underhook suplex. He feeds James elbows before wrenching his arm and shooting him across the ring with one fierce Irish whip. James gets his second wind and stifles Hammer back with some side kicks, but a well placed boot tips the scales back in the favor of the Openweight Champ. Hammer trash talks James before locking him in a bear hug. James elbows free, but gets caught once more by Hammer with a belly-to-belly suplex that was sure to shake Orlando. Hammer signals for the end as it looks like he looks to administer the Nightmare Pendulum, but Hammer has other plans. He sends James to the corner and it appears as if he’s going to drop Douglas down with a top rope Pendulum. Thankfully, James rolls free to slam Hammer down and quickly hits a running double knee drop for a very near fall! James climbs teh top rope, but Hammer gets to his feet and grabs a hold of his foe to launch him off the top rope. Hammer hits James with a bicycle kick and then a German suplex before rattling him with sit-down powerbomb, but it still isn’t enough to keep James down! Hammer is winded and flabbergasted, but still has a plan B. He brings up James for a burning hammer and hits it on the button, but it’s still not enough! Hammer, once again frustrated, picks up James to give him a piece of his mind, and James responds to him with a slap to the face. That puts Hammer over the edge and he hits James down with a Nightmare Pendulum for the final 1-2-3. Even despite that win, Hammer still looks astounded by the will-power Douglas James!

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – James looked excellent in a match where the champion didn’t look half-bad either. This had enough get-up-and-go to keep you from going anywhere, which is the way it ought to be. Hammerstone is doing a nice job as champion, but James would likely be a better candidate to hold the strap at some point, so this pairing needed to go well, which it did.

Match #3: (Main Event) Mance Warner defeated Jimmy Havoc – Falls Count Anywhere Match

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

We catch up with Mance who happened to catch up with Jimmy in a parking lot. Jimmy questions as to why Mance has Moon Man in tow with him and he soon gets his answer as he gets a splash of moonshine to the face! Mance tries pinning him on the pavement, but Jimmy kicks out. Jimmy resorts to other methods of madness by biting Mance on the nose and ear before the two make their way to Moon Man’s wheels. Mance’s uncle fires up the suburban and begins rolling down the road with the whole gang riding shotgun (Havoc included!) It’s not long before both are back in the arena and Mance goes down Havoc’s gameplan as he pulls out a staple gun and begins sticking dolllar bills on Havoc’s head. Havoc sticks a few dead presidents onto Mance’s noggin as well before the two brawl back into the ring. Havoc drop toe holds Mancer onto a chair before hoisting Warner up for a death valley driver through the ring board! Havoc has more “Death Valley” on the brain as he picks Mance up again and sit down slams him through the thumb tacks! It all looks to be over, but the Bucksnort Brawler gets a shoulder up! Havoc shoves a fork in the forehead of Mance and tries to finish him off with an Acid Rainmaker, but Mance ducks and rolls him up for the win! Jimmy is irate and digs the fork in Mance’s head once more as he continues to literally bite and stab his victorious adversary in some unsavory spots.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was split up throughout the night, but was mostly just brawling. It was fine for what it was, but if you pizza when you’re supposed to hot dog, then you’re gonna have a bad time. Anyway, this match followed the normal formula for what these two have been doing together, so if you liked the others, then this will be all right.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tom Lawlor re-signed with MLW.
  2. Kotto Brazil and Jordan Oliver fight Gringo Loco and Zenshi, this Thursday.
  3. King Mo fights Ricky Martinez, this Thursday.
  4. Jacob Fatu defends the MLW World Title against Ross Von Erich (Marshall was injured, so his brother gets his title shot), this Thursday.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

This was a lame show that was here to promote a more exciting show for this Thursday. Yeah, it’s that kind of week.


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